In 2008, I took command of a minuscule dot on the internet and began to write. I was 22, pregnant with our first child, and eager to share a story with the world, though I didn’t know what I had to share. Now, 8 years later, I see what the story is. It’s a story of obedience and fear, redemption and desperation, and the power of words.
As TobyMac puts it,
We can turn a heart with the words we say
Mountains crumble with every syllable
Hope can live or die…
Use your words to inspire
Joy will fall like rain
When you speak life with the things you say
We knew that when we brought home our adopted daughter, Kamelia Joy, from Bulgaria in 2014 that we would be embracing all of the suffering, loneliness and brokenness of her past as we embraced her into our family. We committed to take on her burden, knowing that there is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain. We vowed to look into her deep brown eyes that had seen so much pain and speak love into her heart, praying for it to come alive.
Of all the things we’ve learned since then, what stands out is the importance of the word. The spoken word, the written word, and the one thing on earth that will never pass away: the Word of God.
“We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.” James 3:2.
Can you imagine being never at fault in what you say? Later in the letter, James describes the tongue as “full of deadly poison.” I know too well the piercing realization that I am spewing poison. It’s not uncommon that I end up apologizing to someone in my house after saying something rude or unnecessary to them. Multiple friends have told me that they didn’t believe it was possible that I’d ever struggled with my words because of my soft, chirpy voice. If only you could have been a fly on the wall during my first two years as a mother, and especially after my first two years as an adoptive mother!
“Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
I invite you to join me in harnessing the power of our words, making each word a gift to build up and benefit those who listen.